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New Jersey Family Affected by Rare Mumps Outbreak Linked to International Travel

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 6, 2024
NJ health officials are investigating a cluster of mumps cases

A recent outbreak of mumps has spread among members of a New Jersey family, as announced by the Department of Health. The initial infection may be linked to recent international travel, though few details have been released by the agency.

Mumps outbreaks are relatively rare but can still occur. In the United States, there were 436 reported cases last year, though there have been significantly higher numbers in past years, such as 2016 and 2017. The disease is highly contagious, so it is important to call ahead before visiting a healthcare provider if you suspect you may have mumps.

Symptoms of mumps include puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw, as well as fever, headache, and fatigue. Most people recover from mumps within two weeks, but there can be more serious complications. Children are recommended to receive two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine – the first at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 to 6 years. In 2019, the Bergen County Jail experienced a mumps outbreak among inmates that led to a quarantine.

By Samantha Johnson

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